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Kwak Gyeong-taek (곽경택)

Male - 1966/05/23

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Born in 1966 in Busan, KWAK was a film student at New York University. He made his feature debut with < 3 p.m Paradise >(1997). His first big break came with < Friend >(2001), which became the biggest hit in 2001.

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  • [HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Friends 2": Return to Ruin?

    In the Spotlight this Week: Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2"... As the credits rolled on Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" I was, perhaps unjustifiably, reminded of a quote by Orson Welles, that "if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story". Now while Kwak's 2001 blockbuster "Friend" can't be accused of having ended 'happily', the film itself was indeed a great story well told; one that immediately elevated itself into the history books as a modern Korean classic. But it was its story that ended happily, in record-breaking royalties, and proclaimed Kwak as an attuned talent with a flair for character-driven drama and tragedy-but a film that perhaps should've been allowed to rest in piece, not pieces,...More
  • [HanCinema's Image Gallery] Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2"

    A Selection of Shots from Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2"... Kwak Gyeong-taek's 2001 film "Friend" became the highest grossing Korean film of its day, attracting over 8 million filmgoers to a fratricidal gangster flick that remains a modern Korean classic. Over 12 years passed since Kwak's Busan brawlers made history, and in 2013 he treated fans to a second installment: "Friends 2". The film takes place 17 years after the original and deals with the distance aftermath of that brotherly meltdown as the next generation of gangsters are ushered. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
  • Upcoming Korean movie "Private Investigation"

    2014/05/02, Source,
    Added the upcoming Korean movie "Private Investigation"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
  • Kim and Yoo reunite for 'Friend'

    2014/04/29, Source,
    Kim Yoon-seok and Yoo Hae-jin Kim Yoon-seok and Yoo Hae-jin, top-notch actors from Korea's silver screen, are set to team up with director Kwak Gyeong-taek from the gangster film series "Friend". According to industry insiders yesterday, Kim and Yoo decided to join Kwak for the upcoming buddy cop film tentatively titled "Confidential Investigation". The story follows one detective's relentless effort to track down a kidnapper. The movie is based on a true story. Kim is set to play the police officer, while Yoo's character is a shaman who helps the detective by providing clues to the case,...More
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